Main Post Office

U.S. Postmaster General James A. Farley came to dedicate Durham's new Post Office when it opened in 1934. The neoclassical revival building at Chapel Hill Street and Rigsbee Avenue is distinguished by a Doric colonnade between twin entrances at either end of the Chapel Hill Street frontage, themselves set off by Doric pilasters.

Built on the former home sites of pioneering saloon keepers William Mangum and Atlas Rigsbee, the new structure attracted 5,000 people for its opening ceremonies. One opening item of business was the American Tobacco Co.'s purchase of the day's cigarette revenue stamps -- $304,000 worth, more than the cost of the building's construction.
Chapel Hill StreetRigsbee Avenue